Ivor Davies

Ivor Davies

Dr Ivor Davies BA(Hons), PgDip, PhD, FHEA

Research fellow and lecturer

Biography

Ivor is a wood scientist and technologist with 30 years of experience in the timber products sector. He joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2003. Prior to which he worked at the Forestry Commission and Highland Birchwoods developing the use of indigenous timber in the Scottish Highlands; and he was technical director of a manufacturing joinery company.

Ivor’s current work spans teaching, research and consultancy.

Ivor has lectured at Edinburgh Napier for over a decade. He leads four undergraduate modules and one at masters level as well as lecturing on two other modules. His current modules span building design and technology, sustainable building design and construction materials.

Ivor is active in postgraduate supervision at Edinburgh Napier and has provided wood science advice to postgraduate students at several other universities in the UK and overseas. He was visiting lecturer at the University of Dundee for three years. Ivor has also delivered masterclasses at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Newcastle University and the University of Eastern Finland. Ivor is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research projects mainly focus on wood-water relations and sustainable development. This includes: the performance of timber facades; grading timber for durability; sustainable construction; product innovation and product life cycles. His projects have ranged from large trans-national collaborations through to product development and testing for individual companies. In 2015 Ivor was a member of the team for which Edinburgh Napier was awarded a Queens Anniversary Prize for the impact of its research on timber engineering, wood science and sustainability.

As a consultant, Ivor provides expert witness services on construction deputes involving timber. This ranges from confidential advisory letters through to full expert witness investigations and reports. He is familiar with both the Scottish and English rules for experts in civil cases. He is also technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association.

In 2011 he completed his PhD “Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications”. Ivor is author or lead author of several publications including the BS 8605 series of British Standards on external timber cladding.

Ivor is active in providing education and training on timber for building professionals. This is undertaken on behalf of Wood for Good and similar organisations. He is frequently an invited speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK and overseas.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Chair of British Standards Institution drafting panel B543/0/2
  • Technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association
  • Chair of British Standards Institution drafting panel B543/0/1
  • Member of British Standards Institution technical committee B453: Round and sawn timber
  • UK expert on European Standards Technical sub-committee CENTC175/
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's working group for timber supply for Scottish Parliament building
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's Scottish Hardwood Timber Market Development Group

 

Conference Activity

  • Member of organising committee - Trans-national conference: External timber cladding, Aviemore

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Queens Anniversary Prize

 

Invited Speaker

  • Highland and Islands Forest Industry Cluster meeting, Fort William
  • Masterclass at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Machynlleth
  • SIRT timber research seminar, Glasgow
  • Timber research seminar, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh
  • Wood Knowledge Wales seminar, Brecon
  • Masterclass at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Machynlleth
  • Wood Protection Association Conference, Derby
  • Wood Knowledge Wales seminar, Bangor
  • Wood durability seminar, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Structural Timber Association, Scottish AGM, Glasgow
  • TIMCON annual conference, Manchester
  • Timber Decking and Cladding Association AGM, near York
  • Masterclass at Newcastle University School of Engineering
  • Timber masterclass, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
  • Training event for timber cladding installers
  • Seminar for the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers
  • Masterclass in the Engineering School at Newcastle University
  • Proholz Austria seminar in Ourense, Spain
  • Training event for timber cladding installers
  • Timber event at Eden Court in Inverness
  • Larch disease seminar
  • Joint evening event for SEDA and AECB members
  • Talk on external timber cladding
  • Timber event at Woodschool in the Scottish Borders
  • Masterclass at University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
  • Timber event at the Green House in Inverness
  • Timber procurement event
  • External timber cladding seminar
  • Research seminar, Forest Research Agency, Alice Holt
  • IWSc annual conference, Oxford
  • External timber cladding seminar
  • Training seminar for ASHES
  • Conference for architects on the Faroe Islands
  • Timber research seminar

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PR102835)

 

Reviewing

  • ICE Publishing - Construction Materials
  • Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier
  • Forestry: International Journal of Forest Research. Oxford University Press
  • Peer reviewer, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Wood Material Science and Engineering

 

Visiting Positions

  • Module for MSc on Zero and low carbon design, Dundee University

 

Date


20 results

Sustainable construction timber - Sourcing and specifying local timber. (2nd edition)

Report
Davies, I. (2016)
Sustainable construction timber - Sourcing and specifying local timber. (2nd edition). Forestry Commission
Timber is a versatile and high performance construction material that can be produced in most parts of the UK. Sustainable construction timber has been written to help buildin...

Developing performance-based standards for external timber cladding

Journal Article
Davies, I. (2015)
Developing performance-based standards for external timber cladding. Energy Procedia, 78, 183-188. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.137
This paper reviews the background to, and development of, new British Standards for external timber cladding. The standards are being produced because timber has become a wide...

Grading UK grown larch for durability. IRG/WP 13-10808

Conference Proceeding
Jones, D., Davies, I., Sharphouse, P., & Suttie, E. (2013)
Grading UK grown larch for durability. IRG/WP 13-10808. In Proceedings 2013 Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on wood Protection
This paper reports on a joint study by BRE, the Forest Products Research Institute and TRADA Technology into the feasibility of grading UK grown larch to maximise its natural ...

BS 8605-1:2012 External timber cladding – Part 1: Method of specifying

Other
Davies, I. (2013)
BS 8605-1:2012 External timber cladding – Part 1: Method of specifying
This part of BS 8605 was prepared by BSI Panel B/543/-/2, under the authority of Technical Committee B/543. Edinburgh Napier University are represented on these committees and...

Moisture conditions in timber cladding: field trial data for Sitka spruce

Journal Article
Davies, I., Fairfield, C. A., Stupart, A., & Wilson, P. (2012)
Moisture conditions in timber cladding: field trial data for Sitka spruce. Proceedings of the ICE - Construction Materials, 165, 263-278. https://doi.org/10.1680/coma.11.00033
Exposure trials on timber cladding are valuable for informing facade designers. This paper describes a trial using Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). Sitka spruce is the only UK...

Scots pine timber: current utilisation and future market prospects in Scotland

Journal Article
MacDonald, E., Cooper, G., Davies, I., & Freke, B. (2012)
Scots pine timber: current utilisation and future market prospects in Scotland. Scottish forestry, 62, 12-21

External timber cladding: design and performance

Journal Article
Davies, I., Fairfield, C. A., Stupart, A., & Wood, J. (2012)
External timber cladding: design and performance. The structural engineer : journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers, 90, 46-53
Exposure trials on timber cladding are valuable sources of information for façade designers. Key material, fire, and structural issues affecting timber cladding design are ass...

Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications

Thesis
Davies, I. Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4702
This thesis describes the development of technical guidance on timber facade design. The study involved a state-of-the-art review; an exposure trial of external cladding made ...

Sustainable Construction Timber.

Report
Davies, I. (2010)
Sustainable Construction Timber
Amended First edition.

Structural performance of external timber cladding.

Conference Proceeding
Crawford, D., Hairstans, R., & Davies, I. (2010)
Structural performance of external timber cladding. In 11th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2010 (WCTE 2010), 2354-2358
Although timber cladding has been used for centuries, the current design guidance for timber cladding has received very little research attention with regards to structural pe...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Exposure trial of external timber cladding

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